New COVID cases remain elevated; deaths, hospitalizations increasing

October 9, 2020

The Delaware Division of Public Health has released the most recent statistics related to COVID-19 in Delaware, as of 6 p.m., Oct. 8.

A total of 21,827 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, including 11,236 individuals who are considered recovered. The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased from 7.9 percent as of Oct. 1, to 6.6 percent as of Oct. 8. The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with the seven-day average at f 131.1, as of Oct. 8. In addition, 104 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, which represents a 25 percent increase compared to 83 hospitalizations reported as of last Friday's update. Twenty-one of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up five from last week.

A total of 651 Delawareans have died due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported nine additional deaths since last week's update, including two as a result of a review of vital statistics records. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 range in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 340 were female and 311 were male. A total of 323 individuals were from New Castle County, 118 were from Kent County, and 210 were from Sussex County.

Delaware COVID-19 data

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include:

• 21,827 total positive cases

• New Castle County cases: 11,399

• Kent County cases: 3,190

• Sussex County cases: 7,148

• Unknown county: 90

• Females: 11,763; Males: 10.025; Unknown Sex: 39

• Age range: 0 to 104

• Currently hospitalized: 104; Critically ill: 21 

• Delawareans recovered: 11,236

• 282,540 negative cases

School-related COVID-19 statistics

DPH is providing statewide aggregate data on the total number of COVID-19 positive cases among students and staff who were in person at a school or child care facility while potentially infectious, reported to DPH since Sept. 1. To determine the start of the infectious period, or when others may have been exposed to someone infectious, DPH looks 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to testing for those individuals who had no symptoms. These data only indicate potential exposure to COVID-19 in these settings, not whether exposure actually occurred.

Cumulative number of COVID-19 positive students and staff, statewide, who were in person at a school or child care facility while potentially infectious, reported to DPH between Sept. 1 and Oct. 8:

  • Child care – 15 students and 11 staff
  • Private K-12 – 31 students and 12 staff
  • Public K-12 – 11 students and 43 staff
Long-term care facilities 

DPH continues to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Facilities where significant ongoing outbreaks are occurring, as of Oct. 8:  

  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington: 53 residents and 37 staff members 
  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington: 44 residents and 27 staff members 
  • Country Rest Home in Greenwood: 28 residents and 15 staff members  
Long-term care statistics

There have been a total of 1,374 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 384 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19. 

The locations and number of deaths involving residents of long-term care facilities are:

• Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (17)

• Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (18)

• Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (34)

• Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (2)

• Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Middletown (10)

• Cadia Healthcare Capitol, Dover (14)

• Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (9)

• Cadia Healthcare North Wilmington/Silverside, Wilmington (9)

• Country Rest Home, Greenwood (6)

• Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (11)

• Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)

• HarborChase of Wilmington, Wilmington (4)

• Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (20)

• Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (41)

• Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)

• Kentmere Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Wilmington (4)

• Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)

• ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (13)

• ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (20)

• Methodist Country House, Wilmington (4)

• Millcroft, Newark (2)

• Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (36)

• New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (12)

• Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (11)

• Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (26)

• Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (24)

• Regal Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hockessin (5)

• Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (3)

• Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)

• Westminster Village, Dover (7)

• Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware's contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal at


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